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Air quality advisory lifted for Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley

Last Updated Sep 9, 2017 at 10:43 am PST

The sunrise through smoke and haze in Metro Vancouver. (Darren Grieve, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

The air has been smoky for the last few days

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – After a few days of thick, smoky air — Metro Vancouver has finally lifted the air quality advisory for the entire region, including the Fraser Valley.

The regional district says a change in the weather has helped pushed smoke away, improving the quality of the air. Much of the smoke had been blamed on wildfires burning in the Interior and Washington state. “Changing weather patterns have now improved air quality throughout the region. Note that forest fires in areas outside our region remain active. If smoke from these fires causes air quality to deteriorate again, another air quality advisory may be initiated,” says Metro Vancouver in a statement.

There have been several air quality advisories for the region over the last couple of months.

In a previous interview with NEWS 1130, Metro Vancouver Air Quality Analyst Kyle Howe says the air quality issues we had two years ago were actually worse. “One thing that we did see in the 2015 wildfire event is that the area is experiencing higher particulate concentrations for mostly the western portions of the region. And in this event, it’s actually been the eastern portions of the region that have seen some of the higher PM concentrations.”

The agency says the most recent air quality advisory was put into place on September 4th.

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